Trump: Israel's West Bank annexation 'off the table'

Trump: Israel's West Bank annexation 'off the table'

Annexation of the West Bank is "off the table" and Israel has agreed not to do it, U.S. President Donald Trump said. 

"Israel has agreed not to do it. More than off the table, they have agreed not to do it," Trump said. "I think that very important. I think it was a great concession by Israel, I think it was a smart concession."

He added, however, that he could not clarify what would happen in the future, "right now it is off the table," The Jerusalem Post reported.

Trump said that he hopes to host Netanyahu and the UAE's leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in he next three weeks at the White House for a ceremony to mark the peace deal.

U.S. Ambassador to the US David Friedman clarified that the word which had been chosen to describe the situation was “suspended” and that word had been chosen “very carefully” because it means a temporary halt. Sovereignty, Friedman said was "off the table" not but not "off the table permanently."

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